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Shuswap resident brings Halloween house from Germany to Canada

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Gerd Willenberg
October 17, 2020 - 8:00 PM

A German man is continuing his haunted Halloween tradition in Canada after creating a large spooky house in Germany for the last 15 years.

Gerd Willenberg is collecting non-perishable food donations from everyone who visits his Halloween house in Blind Bay at 2490 Waverly Drive from now until Oct. 31. It’s open daily from 5 to 10 p.m. and allows visitors to explore a spooky outdoor setting complete with graveyards, ghouls and ghosts.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Gerd Willenberg

His Germany Halloween house, located in Hamm, saw 16,000 people last year within three weeks and raised roughly $65,000 for those in need. His Halloween house has been featured in various media outlets and gained a fair amount of attention back in his home country.

“Here I’m just starting. I have no stuff here, I sold everything in Germany,” he said. “I like to give joy to people. This is my thing for people.”

In Germany, he had lots of helpers, he said. This year, his Canadian home will be smaller, but no less scary.

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Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Gerd Willenberg

Calling himself a perfectionist, Willenberg painted 6,000 light bulbs, that are currently displayed on the roof, by hand because he couldn’t find the colours he wanted.

Halloween decorations are harder to find in Germany than in Canada, he said, so it’s easier to get set up here, he said.

One of his favourites is an old lady with a skeleton dog in her lap and she rocks back and forth in her chair, he said.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Gerd Willenberg

Candy is being given out, and he will have social distancing measures in place to keep people apart, he said.

The house is being promoted on Facebook and through friends, he said.

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